Rabbi Nehunia ben hakana - The Book of Illumination
This amazing book is an early work of esoteric Jewish mysticism (or Kabbalah) and was first published in the 12th century, in southern France.
The Bahir assumes the form of an exegetic midrash on the first chapters of Genesis. It is divided into sixty short paragraphs, and is in the form of a dialogue between master and disciples. The Bahir contains commentaries explaining the mystical significance of Biblical verses; the mystical significance of the shapes of the Hebrew letters; the mystical significance of the cantillation signs and vowel points on the letters; the mystical significance of statements in the Sefer Yetzirah ("Book of Creation"); and the use of sacred names in magic. Includes: The First Verses of Creation – The Aleph-Beth – The Seven Voices and the Sephiroth – The Ten Sephiroth – Mysteries of the Soul – Index. Translated by Aryeh Kaplan